CJAD6312 Crisis and Trauma Intervention

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an understanding of trauma and crisis response for students who may work in a variety of criminal justice settings. The course will be geared toward and benefit those working in law enforcement, courts, and correctional settings. The field of criminal justice more generally is clearly moving toward recognition of the importance of trauma-informed care and services. The course will address trauma theory and practice in a practical way. The course will be interactive in nature and derive course work and material from real world examples.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of trauma theory and trauma-informed care as it relates to the major components of the criminal justice system. 
  • Discuss historical and current views of crisis, trauma, and mental illness in policing, courts, and corrections.
  • Define crisis, trauma, and intervention as it relates to both individuals and groups in the system.
  • Discuss case studies in group discussions in order to create best practice approaches in a criminal justice setting.
  • Using trauma-informed care, create a model for wellness and resiliency for those who work in the criminal justice setting.
  • Evaluate the political, sociological, psychological, and legal aspects of the approaches to crisis and trauma in the criminal justice system.